Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Kickin' It With Cousins

My cousin Todd just graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in biology, so he and a few friends (Adam, Brian, Robert, and Jason) are travelling around Europe. They flew into Paris on the 23rd, and after a few days there, spent some time in Barcelona. They happened to be there when Barcelona defeated Manchester United to win the UEFA Champions League (the most prestigious trophy in European socc- um, football), and witnessed the chaotic celebration afterward. I met them in Milan Friday night, and Saturday morning, we went down to the Cinque Terre.
Sunday, we woke up (a little late) and headed back to my place. The weather was nasty, and our travels were beset with train delays. By the time we made it home, we were spent.
Monday was a recovery/laundry day, which was capped with drinks and dinner joined by some of my friends from work.

This morning, we woke up early and took the train to Florence. Today is Festa della Republica in Italy, a major holiday celebrating the birth of the republic and the end of the monarchy. I was worried some of the sites would be closed today, but it was just the opposite. Florence was crowded and busy as always. Unfortunately, the trains were packed, and I had to catch an earlier train back home. The guys will be heading to Rome tonight, and then swinging back by on Friday to see Venice on their way up to Germany.
It was great hanging out with Todd again and meeting his friends. They're all good kids with bright futures, and I look forward to seeing them again on Friday, and next time I'm in South Carolina.

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